FEMENINEEva-Maria Schaller, Studio Dan


"Is there any place where Julius Eastman's music could not be performed?" ask choreographer and dancer Eva-Maria Schaller and Ensemble Studio Dan as they perform and "re-dance" his composition Femenine (1974) in various public spaces in Vienna. They take Eastman's experimentation with unconventional performance formats as the starting point for their attempt to penetrate the environment and the world around them and "provoke a liberating intoxication."

Julius Eastman (1940-1990), composer of minimal music, was both rising star and underdog of the New York avant-garde music scene of the 1970s. He conveyed his resistance to all conventions already with the titles of his pieces, such as Evil Nigger, Gay Guerrilla, as well as with their radical content.

Eastman's score gives the highest formal clarity and great freedom for each player. The dancers adopt this principle and become part of the composition. They challenge each other, play the space, listen together - kinetic empathy is central to the success of the choreography at every moment. In the gradual organic increase of sound and dynamics, music and movement depend on each other.


Goethehof/Badestelle am Kaiserwasser, 1220 Wien
Stadtpark, nahe Boerli Brunnen, Johannesgasse 992/1, 1010 Wien
Donauuferpromenade, Fläche bei Treppelweg/Georg-Danzer-Steg, 1200 Wien

Further Information

Composer: Julius Eastman (1940-1990, NY)
Choreography, Concept: Eva-Maria Schaller
Musical direction, concept: Daniel Riegler
Dance & piece development: Chiara Aprea, Alberto Cissello, Verena Herterich, Eva-Maria Schaller, Lena Schattenberg
Music: Maiken Beer, Hubert Bründlmayer, Flora Geißelbrecht, Sophia Goidinger-Koch, Jacobo Hernández Enríquez, Manuel Mayr, Martin Siewert, Michael Tiefenbacher
Sound: Werner Angerer
Costume design: Christiane Gruber
Production: Julia Haas, Mascha Mölkner
Production Studio Dan: Alexander Forstner

Eva-Maria Schaller * 1985 Vienna, lives in Vienna

Studio Dan was founded in 2005 by Daniel Riegler in Vienna and is a flexible, cross-genre artistic production community.


FEMENINEEva-Maria Schaller, Studio Dan

Time Period

July 25 to August 4, 2022

FEMENINE takes place within the framework of ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival.

In cooperation with ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, the City of Vienna Culture, the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Public Service and Sports, the 3rd district (Landstraße), the 20th district (Brigittenau) as well as Life Long Burning and Creative Europe.

The performances take place in principle in any weather, except in heavy rain and thunderstorms!



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